North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Mideast Dominates 3-A Doubles; Defending Champs Still Alive In 4-A Women’s Tennis


Mideast Regional Dominates Doubles In NCHSAA 3-A Women’s Tennis

         BURLINGTON—The teams out of the Mideast Regional had a record showing on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women’s tennis championships at the Burlington Tennis Center.

         The top three teams out of that one regional all advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, with the other survivor out of the East.

         The 3-A doubles state final a year ago featured two Cardinal Gibbons teams, with Devin Knors and Lizzie Galush defeating teammates Natalie Freeman and Summer Jacobs, and the possibility exists again for an all-Gibbons final although Galush is playing in the singles draw. Devin Knors and Jenna Knors were the number-one duo from the Mideast and will face Rocky Mount’s Chandler Brice and Eliza Fike in one semifinal.

         Freeman and Jacobs, who were second to the Knors team in the regional, takes on the Fayetteville Terry Sanford team of Huda McGraw and Emma Edge on Saturday morning in the other semi.  The Terry Sanford pair ousted the Midwest champions from Ledford, Taylor Freeman and Elizabeth Stroup, in the quarterfinals.

         Sarah Jiang of Concord Cox Mill, the singles runner-up for the past two years, earned her way into the semis with a pair of easy wins and will face Asheville’s Adrienne Hayes in the next round.  Galush of Gibbons faces Wilson Hunt’s Taylor Love in the other semifinal.

         Matches start at 9 am on Saturday.



Burlington Tennis Center–Friday's Results

Singles—First Round

               Taylor Love (Wilson Hunt) def. Julianne Hall (Cameron Union Pines) 6-2, 6-0; Taylor Fredrickson (Morganton Patton) def. Imani Fountain (Concord Cox Mill) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Lizzie Galush (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Carmen Jordan (Hampstead Topsail) 6-2, 6-2; Savannah Smith (West Henderson) def. Sarah Parker (Waxhaw Cuthbertson) 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-4; Adrienne Haynes (Asheville) def. Rachel Zubrinsky (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 6-1, 6-1; Victoria Dixon (Cleveland) def. Mary Beth Jackson (Cameron Union Pines) 6-1, 7-6(5);  Sarah Jiang (Concord Cox Mill) def. Lauren Scism (Shelby Crest) 6-1, 6-1; Ashton Walker (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock) def. Kate Freed (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) 6-3, 6-0.


                  Love (Wilson Hunt) def. Frederickson (Morganton Patton) 6-2, 6-0; Galush (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Smith (West Henderson)  6-2, 6-1; Hayes (Asheville) def. Dixon (Cleveland) 6-0, 6-2; Jiang (Cox Mill) def. Walker (Aycock) 6-0, 6-1.

Singles—Semifinals: Saturday at 9 am

                  Taylor Love (Wilson Hunt) vs. Lizzie Galush (Cardinal Gibbons)

                  Adrienne Hayes (Asheville) vs. Sarah Jiang (Cox Mill)

Doubles—First Round

                Chandler Brice-Eliza Fike (Rocky Mount) def. Abby Maner-Kristen Marshall (Burlington Williams) 7-5, 6-2; Meredith Emery-Hannah Scott (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) def. Mary Hamrick-Rosemary Mosher (Asheville) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; Devin Knors-Jenna Knors (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Nhi Pham-Caroline Provost (Swansboro) 6-0, 6-0; Madeline Finley-Julia Kessel (Hickory) def. Carly Landgraf-Shannon Farley (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) 6-4, 7-5; Sena Mucklow-Kristie Kim (Asheville) def. Laura Isenhour-Sara Lentz (China Grove Jesse Carson) 6-3, 6-2; Natalie Freeman-Summer Jacobs (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) def. Liz Short-Elery Williams (Wilson Fike) 6-2, 6-2; Taylor Freeman-Elizabeth Stroup (Thomasville Ledford) def. Hannah Hill-Dakota Tittle (East Henderson) 6-0, 6-2; Huda McGraw-Emma Edge (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) def. Cassidy Coerver-Casey Belom (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock) 6-2, 6-0.


                  Brice-Fike (Rocky Mount) def. Emery-Scott (Marvin Ridge) 6-3, 6-2; Knors-Knors (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Finley-Kessell (Hickory) 6-2, 6-0; Freeman-Jacobs (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Kim-Mucklow (Asheville) 6-3, 6-3; McGraw-Edge (Terry Sanford) def. Freeman-Stroup (Ledford) 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles—Semifinals: Saturday, 9 am

                  Chandler Brice-Eliza Fike (Rocky Mount) vs. Devin Knors-Jenna Knors (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons)

                  Natalie Freeman-Summer Jacobs (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Huda McGraw-Emma Edge (Fayetteville Terry Sanford)



Defending Champions In Singles, Doubles Still Alive in NCHSAA 4-A Women’s Tennis

           RALEIGH—A Panther Creek doubles team seeking its third consecutive state title steamrolled into the semifinals with a pair of wins in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s tennis championships on Friday at the Millbrook Exchange Park.

           Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland did not drop a single game in their two straight-set victories and will play the Charlotte Myers Park team of Katie Soden and Gaby Soden in one Saturday morning semifinal. Sara Ackerson and Ana Horvat (Cary Green Hope) will take on Caroline Pope and Brooke Pritchard (East Chapel Hill) in the other doubles semi.     

          Defending singles champion Susanne Boyden of Wakefield had little trouble advancing in her draw, winning her matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0. But she’ll face a tough opponent in the semifinals in Cary’s Supriya Narisetti, who did not lose a single game on Friday.

         The winner of that match will face the survivor of the match between Lauren Gish of Lake Norman and Peyton Pesavento of Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds for the singles championship.

         Action starts at nine o’clock Saturday morning.



Millbrook Exchange Park–Friday's Results

Singles—First Round

          Supriya Narisetti (Cary) def. Taylor Walicki (Wilmington New Hanover) 6-0, 6-0; Ellis Brown (Greensboro Page) def. Maddie Weber (Charlotte Myers Park) 7-5, 6-3;  Susanne Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield) def. Dawson Cooper (Wilmington New Hanover) 6-0, 6-0; Hailey Simon (Charlotte Ardrey Kell) def. Hannah Ansari (Greensboro Page) 6-2, 6-1; Lauren Gish (Lake Norman) def. Lauren Laughton (Durham Riverside) 6-0, 6-2; Savannah Taranto (Raleigh Millbrook) def. Frances Reed (Greenville JH Rose) 6-1, 6-1; Peyton Pesavento (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) vs. Gabby Moore (Cornelius Hough) 6-0, 6-1; Amanda Cyr (Cary Panther Creek) def. Emma Gentry Landry (Southern Pines Pinecrest) 6-1, 6-0.


                  Narisetti (Cary) def. Brown (Page) 6-0,6-0; Boyden (Wakefield) def. Simon (Ardrey Kell) 6-0, 6-2; Gish (Lake Norman) def. Taranto (Millbrook) 6-2 3-6, 6-0; Pesavento (R.J. Reynolds) def. Cyr (Panther Creek) 6-3, 6-3.

Singles—Semifinals: Saturday at 9 am

                  Supriya Narisetti (Cary) vs. Suzanne Boyden (Raleigh Wakefield)

                  Lauren Gish (Lake Norman) vs. Peyton Pesavento (Winston-Salem Reynolds)

Doubles—First Round

                Melanie Post-Kara Ferner (Wilmington Hoggard) def. Jenna Stachowiak-Shaye McAuliffe (Apex Middle Creek) 6-1, 7-6(5); Katie Soden-Gaby Soden (Charlotte Myers Park) def. Jana Klages-Miller–Andrea Volcan (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; Sammi Smith-Jordan Strickland (Cary Panther Creek) def. Erin Nesselroade-Anna Porcelli (Wilmington Laney) 6-0, 6-0; Mari Fuijno-Astrid Pascua (Greensboro Grimsley) def. Rachel Marthinsen-Megan Leonard (Charlotte Catholic) 7-5, 6-4; McKinley Riley-Catie Nelson (Charlotte Catholic) def. Jasmine Fuchs-Aashika Ramkumar (Northwest Guilford) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4); Sara Ackerson-Ana Horvat (Cary Green Hope) def. Chappy Ray-Claudia Ray (Southern Pines Pinecrest) 6-1, 6-1; Caroline Pope-Brooke Pritchard (East Chapel Hill) def. Haley Tan-Sullivan Higson (Charlotte Providence) 6-1, 6-2;Sofia Anthony-Dylan Cannon (Raleigh Sanderson) def. Kendall Hanks-Suzie Schoolfield (Wilmington Laney) 6-1, 6-2.


                  Soden-Soden (Myers Park) def. Post-Ferner (Hoggard) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5; Smith-Strickland (Panther Creek) def. Fujino-Pascua (Grimsley) 6-0,6-0; Ackerson-Horvat (Green Hope) def. Riley-Nelson (Charlotte Catholic) 6-2, 6-2; Pope-Pritchard (East Chapel Hill) def. Anthony-Cannon (Sanderson) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

Doubles—Semifinals: Saturday at 9 am

                   Katie Soden-Gaby Soden (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Sammi Smith-Jordan Strickland (Cary Panther Creek)

                   Sara Ackerson-Ana Horvat (Cary Green Hope) vs. Caroline Pope-Brooke Pritchard (East Chapel Hill)